Essential Oils for Allergies and Sinus

As seasons
change, so do common allergens; one minute the air is full of pollen and mold,
the next it is dusty. It can be a nightmare for people prone to hay fever and
other common allergies. Going to the doctor or using nasal sprays can work, but
it gets hectic and expensive especially when you have to keep going back every
few months.
With their
anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-vital properties,
essential oils provide effective inexpensive ways of dealing with the allergies
naturally. Lavender, peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus essential oils work
wonders in relieving some common allergic reactions. We shall discuss the
properties that make them staples in every household.

Lavender
not only smells so good, it also has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine
properties. These qualities make it very effective in skin rashes treatment and
relieving colds. It also clears sinuses, treats headaches and gives a relaxing
and calming effect helping the body to heal faster.

To treat an
itchy skin rash, add a few drops of the essential oil in carrier oil and apply
generously on the affected areas about three times a day. A drop on the
forehead, cheeks and sinuses works wonders for allergy induced headaches.
To treat a
cold, simply rub two drops of the lavender essential oil on the palm of your
hands, cup them over your nose and take deep and slow breaths. A lavender cold
diffuser next to the bed overnight will work wonders and ensure a good night
sleep.

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Peppermint
Peppermint
works magic for digestive and respiratory allergies. It’s soothing,
pain-relieving and cooling properties make this possible. It eases congestion,
opens airways and ultimately improves breathing. To use the peppermint
essential oil, you can either try it in a diffuser, inhale or apply after
diluting with a carrier oil.
Dilute the
essential oil with carrier oil and apply at the base of your neck, around the
nostrils and massage all over your chest. These methods will reduce sinus
congestion, chest congestion and open up the airways.
Another
simple method to ease the allergy discomfort is to use it in a diffuser
overnight. This works the same way as dropping a few drops in boiling water,
draping a towel over your head and breathing in the steam. To maximize the
effect, add eucalyptus and rosemary.
While on
the go, just rub a drop or two on the palms of your hands and cup them over
your nose. A few deep breaths will unblock your nose.
Lemon
Lemon is a
strong antihistamine and a powerful antioxidant that works best in relieving
cold related inflammations and excess mucus. It works best when combined with
lavender and peppermint.
Inhaling
lemon essential oil will clear the airways instantly. To do this, rub a drop or
two on the palms of your hands and take a few deep breaths. Diluting it with a
carrier oil and applying over the nostrils will also work the same way.
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus
is great when it comes to asthma attacks and easing seasonal allergies.
According to a 2006 study by Zhejiang University Science, eucalyptus oil kills
dust mites and other common allergens. It is therefore not only curative, but
also preventive when it comes to seasonal allergies. To prevent allergic
reactions, use a drop of the oil when washing bedding or spray the mattress and
curtains with the eucalyptus oil diluted with distilled water.
Dilute the
essential oil with carrier oil and apply on the chest, neck and feet.  Adding a drop in boiling water, draping a
towel over your head and inhaling the steam will also clear the respiratory
system.
Another
simple method is to cup your oil rubbed palms over your nose and taking slow
and deep breaths just like the other oils.

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